This dynamic duo is a win-win for both parties. When a student feels safe, they are more likely to take steps, and eventually leaps and bounds with their reading.
Horses also benefit from the reading sessions. They appear to demonstrate interest and intrigue with picture books. For instance, Pepper, a retired 29 year old horse, loved looking at a giraffe in the book, Giraffe's Can't Dance, and Romeo (an orphaned colt), loved looking at a little bunny in the story, Good Night, Bunny. Experiences like these provide not only social and mental stimulation, but also an overall sense of well-being.